Week 39 – Finding Nemo Results

Pegasus was very invested in this movie. He shouted things at the screen when they didn’t do what he wanted them to do.

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

Pegasus was willing to change his letters a little bit, but spacing is still a problem, as is the size of the letters (l and t being tall letters, for example). He says “It’s fine” when I point it out.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He said he didn’t know what the numbers were in French, but he had no problem counting this week.

Math worksheets. He had a rough morning on Monday, so he found it really hard to focus. He needed me to walk him through the big additions, even though he knows them. (He was so disappointed that there were no subtractions, it was like his brain just gave up on him.)

Storytime

We read several French library books this week. He did very well.

Activity

Learn about shipwrecks – He said this was scary.

Make fish and chips – He was very excited to learn how to use the knife and was careful when doing so. He was very enthusiastic and he listened well. I don’t think it’ll be something that he’ll ask to make again.

Learn about sustainable fishing – He seemed interested, but didn’t have any questions.

Book Quote Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

Kennedy gripped the flying monkey’s head with both hands and quipped, “There’s no place like home.”

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais
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The New Mutants – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 2020 film The New Mutants.

Story

With shades of the Nightmare on Elm street series, especially 3, the movie could have done with a little more horror but balanced the characters, story, mystery, and atmosphere.

Score: 0.5

Characters

A good mixture of damaged and interesting characters. I like the dynamics and character growth.

Score: 1

Dialogue

There are a few cases of silly dialogue but the movie overall is very self aware and does a good job balancing comic book cheese and genuine emotion.

Score: 1

Visuals and Music

The special effects were well done and kept much sparser than most X-Men movies. The obligatory big battle at the end was much more impactful because of the restraint throughout the rest of the movie.

The music was epic and creepy at all the right times.

Score: 1

Fun

I watched this on my own and I fully expected to hate it. Most of the later X-Men movies were pretty bad. I’m a big fan of the whole “Breakfast Club meets mental asylum” vibe they had, and the story letting the characters breathe.

I definitely want to re-watch this one.

Score: 1

Overall

A nice change from the usual X-Men movies. This is an atmospheric horror which understands the importance of character development and growth.

Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests release day!!!

Hello Readers,

The book is finally here! Get the second instalment of The Gates of Westmeath from your favourite bookseller.

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

The week before Kennedy and Jason’s wedding is busy. There are cake tastings, dress fittings, a formal ball, and, as their superhero personas the Phantom and the Wraith, fighting monsters.

These behemoths are destructive, smell like snack food, and are only after one thing: Door Tech Industries technology.

Adding to the chaos are their friends and families; Jason’s grandmother has returned after having been missing for half a century, Kennedy’s mom is dead-set on keeping things traditional, and Jason’s best friend is kidnapped before the rehearsal.

Kennedy and Jason just want to get married, preferably before the next monster attack.

The second book of four in The Gates of Westmeath series.

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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Enjoy!

Jen and Éric

Week 40 – Beauty and the Beast

A classic from the Golden Age is a nice way to wrap up the school year.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

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table settingWatch moviemake grey stuffFlexmake bookmark

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Table settings – link to reference
Make grey stuff – link to recipe
Make bookmark – link to ideas; I’m thinking of doing the bookworm

Have a great summer!!

Week 38 – How to Train Your Dragon Results

Pegasus was enthralled by this movie. He had seen it before a long time ago, so it was a little like watching it for the first time. I forget how fast they talk, so I’m not sure how much of the nuance he got, but he understood the general plot. He was incredibly enthusiastic about the flying (and the music).

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

Pegasus was willing to change his letters a little bit, but spacing is still a problem. He says “It’s fine” when I point it out.

Counting objects/math-type activities

A little trouble counting in French when he got distracted, but he was able to focus and get it all done.

Math worksheets. Zero problems with these. He did them so fast that he missed the ‘0’ on the 30 and 50, but he added them willingly.

Storytime

We got several French library books this week. He was very excited.

Activity

Design a dragon – He didn’t want to design a dragon from scratch, but he was quite happy to draw Toothless, so that is what we did. We used Art Hub’s instructional video (which is the series that we have been using since Dragon decided that we needed to do “art school” on Sundays). Pegasus reacts positively to these videos, so of course I said yes.

Make a paper boat – He did this entirely by himself (I only held the paper down so that it didn’t wiggle away on him). He was very proud of himself.

Learn about prosthetics – He enjoyed learning about the history of prosthetics and how they’re made, and we found some recent videos of a girl with prosthetics – he wanted to watch her opening her Christmas gifts. I think he liked the laid-back activity and cuddling up to me.

Aurora Awards Voting is Open

Hello Friends, Family, and Fans;

The Travelling TARDIS is nominated for the Aurora Awards.

The Voter’s Package is available for download! Make sure you’re logged in, and then go get your books.

Voting started June 8 and runs until July 13. Please consider The Travelling TARDIS, nominated in the Fan Writing and Publication category. Thank you to all who nominated us!

Happy reading!!!

What are the Aurora Awards?

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The Aurora Awards are awards “for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy works and activities.” They are administered by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

It’s a fan-voted award with awesome people.

In Conclusion

Sign up, get ebooks, read, and then vote for your favourites. It’s a great deal and you’ll love the books.

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Stay safe and be kind,

Éric

The Hunters (2013) – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 2013 film The Hunters.

Story

This is a mashup of Indiana Jones and Spy Kids, but it works. The story beats are predictable but interesting, and the world building was fun.

Score: 0.5

Characters

There are a few times where I think the writers got confused about which brother was which but besides that, they were passable characters. Thankfully the acting was significantly better than the dialogue.

Score: 0.5

Dialogue

There was a lot of useless explaining and some mixed-up lines, along with some strange reasons for doing anything. That being said, at least the writers understood how to write a romance subplot.

Score: 0

Visuals and Music

The special effects were bad but the locations were nice (Yay BC!). The fight choreography was passable.

The music did its job but wasn’t particularly good.

Score: 0.5

Fun

I enjoyed it but it wasn’t great. The kids got bored a few times.

I usually love when this sort of story mixes myths and reality but the entire made up story of Cinderella’s shoe was frustratingly under-researched and under-utilized.

Score: 0.5

Overall

A fun take on the archeology/adventure genre but its special effects, terrible dialogue, and poor research take away from the overall enjoyment.

Final Score: 2 Stars out of 5